Mates will wet a line at Bounty

WHEN they're not working in the mines, Steve Ryan and Courtney Bird are throwing a lure.

They've got plenty of “experience” in the sport they love and tomorrow they will showcase their fishing talents when the Barra Bounty casts off on the Fitzroy River.

The Rockhampton duo will compete in the annual competition for the first time this weekend.

And Steve, 31, thinks the team, named “Out of Control”, has plenty of experience.

Yesterday as they were “practising” fishing techniques on the Fitzroy, Steve told The Morning Bulletin he had no game tactics for the bounty.

The Blackwater miner will be on days off this weekend and is hoping to hook a few big catches.

Steve and Courtney will be two of the keen anglers competing to catch the most metres of barramundi using lures or bait.

The Barra Bounty, now in its 11th year, has seen record numbers of fisherman travel from all over Australia to compete.

Last year a total of 166 fish were tagged and released.

There will be lucky door prizes and major sponsors, Terry's Marine and E-TEC Evinrude are offering a boating package, comprising of a tinny and trailer.

The competition briefing and barbecue will take place tonight, followed by two full days of fishing tomorrow and Saturday.

You can still nominate but spots are limited. Visit www.info-fish.net or call Capricorn Business and Events on 4927 2055.

“The good news is that 2008 and 2009 resulted in a bumper crop of barramundi and there are more small fish around now,” said Bill Sawynok, manager of Info-fish services.

Barra Bounty When: Tomorrow and Saturday Where: The Fitzroy River What: A competition where teams of anglers try to catch, tag and release the most metres of barramundi


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